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Understand more about Brisbane's cultural heritage
Aboriginal camps once flourished in and around Brisbane from convict times until in some cases as late as the 1950s. An information forum will be held at the Northey Street City Farm on Thursday 25 July 2019 on Aboriginal history as part of the Decolonizing Action Groups events.
Guest speaker will be Dr Ray Kerkhove who will be talking about Aboriginal campsites of the inner Brisbane/ Bowen Hills area. Ray is well credentialed to do so as a professional historian who specialises in the colonial history and material culture of Indigenous southern Queensland. He will be presenting on information from his book Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane and will be selling copies on the night.
Ray began work in this field in 1985 with FAIRA under Uncle Bob Weatherall. Ray has been reconstructing historical landscapes and frontier wars sites, which has been used in public exhibitions (e.g. Life in Irons, Brisbane Museum), town master plans and major constructions such as the Toowoomba Bypass, Kingsford Smith Upgrade, Queen's Wharf, Bulimba Barracks and Sunshine Coast Airport.
Photo courtesy Boolarong Press
In 2015, he wrote Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane. He was the founder of ICP (Interactive Community Planning) Aust Inc., which won the Queensland Governor's Gold Award for services to local heritage.